At Coach Clyde Hart’s retirement dinner last month celebrating his 56-year tenure, it was obvious as I listened to track and field teammates talk about their Baylor University experience under Coach that he is a living testament to the university’s foundational pillars. These pillars of tran…
I have lived through the end of the communist scare, the upheaval provoked by the Vietnam War and civil rights struggles, the sobering global realities stemming from the deadly 9/11 terrorist attacks on our nation’s political and economic centers. But none of this prepared me for the madness, hatred and hypocrisy that now mark our times and many of our neighbors.
At Coach Clyde Hart’s retirement dinner last month celebrating his 56-year tenure, it was obvious as I listened to track and field teammates talk about their Baylor University experience under Coach that he is a living testament to the university’s foundational pillars. These pillars of transformational undergraduate education; Christian environment; research and scholarship; and arts and athletics were recently reaffirmed as the university launched its $1 billion Illuminate campaign.
On May 17, 1954, 7-year-old Linda Brown became the successful plaintiff in perhaps the most significant civil rights ruling in Supreme Court history — Brown v. Topeka Board of Education. It was a decision that would desegregate schools. But instead of simply commemorating the 65th anniversary of Brown this month, we should measure our progress to an equal society today.
Evil never triumphs. Just ask Mark Collins, associate pastor of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs.
When contemplating where we’re going in life during the massive and intricate improvement and expansion of Interstate 35 through Waco, it’s best to internalize that line from “The Outer Limits,” the 1960s sci-fi anthology: “You are about to participate in a great adventure.” Indeed. Before all is dusted and done, you’ll see all streams of traffic temporarily occupy one snarling side of the interstate. You’ll see lanes both ways increase from three to four. You’ll see the familiar 11th/12th Street overpass one day become an underpass. You’ll see the Eighth Street pedestrian bridge so popular with Baylor University students hoofing it to Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers and Panera Bread disappear overnight, certainly by the time students reassemble in August. You’ll see continuous frontage roads. And you’ll spend part of your time in traffic, possibly backed up, if you don’t find alternate routes and stay updated via daily email alerts from the Texas Department of Transportation’s Waco District. Yes, indeed.
Much appreciation to Dr. Iliana Neumann and Ashley Bean Thornton for their recent Waco Tribune-Herald columns voicing support for the important health-care services provided by Planned Parenthood, especially for uninsured and low-income Texans.
The United States and China have been attempting to negotiate a trade agreement for a while, but as I am writing, no deal has been reached. The sooner, the better.
Hillary Clinton is on tour. Like a rock star. During her Los Angeles stop a couple of weeks ago, the former two-time Democratic presidential hopeful sat on stage in an upholstered piece (a chair, not her pantsuit) that looked like a prop from the PBS kids’ show “The Big Comfy Couch.” Approachable homeyness was the intended cue.
We were sorely tempted to suggest voting out your state legislators if the Texas Legislature didn’t take steps this session to address the one state-run snafu many of us personally encounter now and then: getting your driver’s license renewed in person. However, the optimist in us prevailed in January, given the seeming resolve of legislators to take action. Now, with the session’s May 27 deadline looming, there’s dwindling reason for such optimism.
I’d been gone for half the morning. The smell hit me the second I opened the back door. What the…? Bleach? Something burning?
What were we talking about one year ago? Take a look back.
Scene: recent hearings in two different state district courtrooms to schedule long-delayed trials of dozens of bikers from motorcycle groups swept up in the wildly indiscriminate 2015 Twin Peaks dragnet. Mood: something between Christmas and the Second Coming. Yes, this was deadly serious business, given nine motorcyclists were left dead after a brawl outside a “breastaurant” in a Waco shopping center. But there was now a nervous glee, even optimism among the defense attorneys assembled.
Thoughts and prayers? Why, sure. Bring ’em on, state and federal officials. Prayers for the dear, departed souls of yet more students and teachers shot dead at a school a little closer to home than the one in Parkland, Florida, home of all those annoying, so-called “soulless” students who dared to voice outrage about shooting rampages. Prayers, too, to the grieving families.
You may disagree with my opinion on President Trump, Iran and North Korea. But I write not to gratify readers’ political sensibilities but to offer a strictly objective, honest assessment of how I see the United States’ withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement. And I see a worrisome sign for America and its relations with the rest of the world.
The state’s behind-the-scenes role in fueling local property values; why more and more educators believe state leaders are hostile to public education; and the “yellowbelly politicians” reducing state funding of schools, “forcing higher taxes on local homeowners to make up the difference.”